Jan 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
. president obama's nominee for c.i.a. endorses drone strikes that kill innocent people so his nomination should breeze right through. and tomorrow is the anniversary of gabby giffords of being shot and tomorrow is the anniversary of nothing being done about gabby give ford's gifford's being shot. we have all that ahead. >> john: good evening, i'm john fugelsang, and this is "viewpoint." president obama announced nominations for two key members of his national security team. perhaps the only surprise is that republicans seem to find one of them acceptable. of course it's the guy that signs up on drone strikes. the candidates are chuck hagel for secretary of defense and white house counterterrorism adviser john brennan for the director of c.i.a. as the president put t they did not seem too travel. >> obama: chuck hagel's leadership would be historic. he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. in john brennan, the men and women of the c.i.a. will
Jan 4, 2013 5:00pm PST
do. >> you have to. >> eliot: you have to. >> obama qualified it. obama said i believe in american exceptionalism just like the brits believe in british exceptionalism and the greeks believe in greek exceptionalism. >> eliot: i thought it was fascinating and correct. do you disagree with his sense of what exceptionalism is and what his understanding of it. >> he has retreated from that, that's the problem. >> eliot: but as he stated it. >> his rhetoric had more and more american exceptionalism. he bought into it. once you criticize it, you're attack. mike huckabee said if you don't believe in american exceptionalism-- >> eliot: mike huck abee aside of course we believe in it. >> but exceptionalism doesn't mean that we're different, we are better. different is good. we celebrate difference. >> eliot: coming back to foreign policy, do you see it as far as back as the spanish american war, the colonial empire and philippines, etc. >> the little brown brother describe the filipino rebels and there was torturing going on back then, waterboarding racism basically and we always felt that
Jan 3, 2013 5:00pm PST
over 88 hours and $50 million trying to repeal obamacare. i've got news for you. the president is obama. he is going to veto that bill. it through the senate, anyway. you are wasting the people's time and did not pass a single job creation legislation in that congress. i wonder why you're so popular and here you are back at it again. michele bachmann, welcome to the ring. the first congressional elbow from the sky on michele bachmann and boy does she richly deserve it wasting time and money doing nonsense like this. we will see you of course, as always on the youngturks.com and up next, viewpoint with eliot spitzer. >> eliot: good evening, i'm eliot spitzer. this is "viewpoint." the 113th congress convened today for the first time under the capital dome in washington. let's hope it does a better job at governing than the 112th. with the so-called vote on the fiscal cliff behind him and the fight under raising the debt ceiling underway, republican congressman john boehner was re-elected to a second term as speaker. house clerk karen haas gave the tally.
Jan 8, 2013 5:00pm PST
president joe biden is meeting with groups including the nra this week as part of president obama's task force to find solutions to the epidemic. the nra said it's "sending a rep to see what they have to say." my, that's big of them. other gun fans are having their say on the internet. they're promoting gun appreciation day to be held on january 19th. gun activists are being urged to turn out at gun stores, ranges and gun shows from coast-to-coast. we'll have a commentary on that later in the show. and if talk show host alex jones is with them, let's hope someone brings his meds. last night jones had what is now an iconically famous screaming fit which was rudely interrupted by piers morgan trying to ask questions about gun control. here's part of what alex jones had to screech. >> 1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms. it doesn't matter how many you get out there on the street begging for them to have their guns taken. we will not relinquish them. do you understand? >> john: only too well, sir. you need help. i'm joined by nancy bowman, a nurse on the scene in tucson